The rocky object that is approaching Earth and possibly becoming a kind of temporary mini-moon could actually be the remains of a lost rocket ship, from the 1960s.

According to NASA scientist Paul Chodas, it would be the rocket booster of the Surveyor 2 spacecraft, launched to the Moon on September 20, 1966, reports EarthSky and pick up Gizmodo, the space object could

Experts estimate that the Earth will attract this object – called 2020 SO – and keep it orbiting from October 2020 to May 2021. Astronomers sighted it on September 17 thanks to the telescopio Pan-STARRS1 in Hawaii and at that time it was listed as an asteroid.

However, according to NASA calculations, the speed at which it will pass next to the Earth – 3,025 km / h – turns out slow for an asteroid, hence everything seems to indicate that it is a artificial object released decades ago and now it’s back again.